Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lest We Forget: Buildings On West Broadway Which Met Their Dooooom!

Photos distributed on JACC listserv, blog post by John Hoff

For as long as I've been living in North Minneapolis and doing this blog--which is pretty much the same period of time, though the blog actually happened FIRST, slightly, kinda like how the Minnesota State Historical Society is slightly older than the actual state of Minnesota--I've made an effort to document the incredible transformation of our neighborhood.

Much of this transformation takes place due to the work of backhoes or, as it sometimes seems, one ferocious and utterly single-minded entity named THE BACKHOE OF DOOOOOOM!!!!!

These photos, above, are from August of 2010 but I found them in a (relatively) ancient email, and they belong on the internet. These images show...

...starting at the top, an apartment building on the "Jordan side" of the curve in West Broadway in the final stages of demolition. In the second photo, at the bottom, a building described as "the last house on the Jordan side of the Broadway curve."

One hopes the buildings which replace these structures will be well-managed, a boon to the neighborhood instead of a hindrance. If not, this blog stands ready to publish information and launch an endless series of scathing critiques.

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